“Forward” is theme of Missouri Baptists’ Annual Meeting

181st gathering is Oct. 26-28 in Springfield

Messengers representing churches affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) are gathering Oct. 26-28 at the Springfield Expo Center for their 181st annual meeting.

The theme is “Forward,” taken from Philippians 3:13-14, where the apostle Paul writes, “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (ESV).

Neil Franks, MBC president and lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Branson, and MBC Executive Director John Yeats, address the convention on Monday evening. Robert Shelton, pastor of First Baptist Church, Plattsburg, presents the annual sermon Tuesday morning.

Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, is the headline speaker on Wednesday.

The FBC Branson Worship Team leads worship Monday and Tuesday. Julio Arriola, global worship pastor of Cross Church, leads worship on Wednesday.

During business sessions, attendees hear reports from the convention’s executive board, staff, committees and agencies. In addition, Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Greg Stier, popular Christian author and speaker who equips teenagers to relationally share the gospel, are featured speakers at the CORE Conference.

Through music, spoken word, and insightful and interactive teaching, CORE encourages Missouri Baptists to make disciples.

MBC President Neil Franks presides over the annual meeting. Local churches elect messengers to the convention; the messengers in turn select a new slate of officers and vote on other business matters.

All sessions are open to the public.

In addition to the reports, messengers introduce, debate and vote on motions, or actions they wish the convention’s executive board, staff, committees, or agencies to take. They also may introduce, debate, and vote on a variety of resolutions, which express the opinion of messengers on particular issues.

The annual meeting begins with pre-session music at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 and concludes with the benediction at noon on Oct. 28. The Missouri Baptist Pastors’ Conference also is held at the Springfield Expo Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Important Documents

The following documents may be updated with new or revised information as final preparations are made for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Provisional Program (.pdf) – Updated August 14